Scattered Purgatory
Sua-Hiam-Zun


3.3
great

Review

by Tristan Jones STAFF
October 1st, 2017 | 6 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: -to the four winds-

Sua-Hiam-Zun calls for single word utterances, where you say the first word or phrase that comes to mind, and let it linger in self-justification. Austerity. (...) Sure, it definitely has a sense of solemness, steeped in lifelong humility and discipline. Zen. (...) Well, yeah, the album has a meditative quality, and evokes an artificial, oddly-shaped rendering of nature to be used in reflection, like a rock garden. Popol Vuh. (...) The comparison of Taiwanese psych-folk duo Scattered Purgatory to the German experimental rock band is warranted, as we see a ceremonious blend of Western and Eastern spirituality that occasionally contorts into something terrifying. Were it acceptable practice, I’d reduce this review to a list of maybe twelve words or phrases - that arrive to me in real time - and leave it at that. The album tends to conjure single notions and let them slowly unwind, somehow working out sensibly.

It might betray Sua-Hiam-Zun’s essence to spend much time on the details, but, duty calls. Beneath the veil, there is a lot happening, and one might slip out of a trance, realizing in their sudden sobriety what’s at play. The percussion on opener “Antarabhava” is a lulling throb in the forefront, yet you might forget it’s there. Tracks like “Dream of the Yellow Sorghum” patiently and stealthily layer themselves in synths, drones, stardust, and meandering keyboards; and, they could strip each layer off until nothing was left, and you’d still be swaying along in silence. Much of Sua-Hiam-Zun is like this: a distraction. Closer “New Gate” rests in the eye of a hurricane, as though its dark contemplation will stave off the surrounding storm. The album doesn’t forcefully place the audience anywhere on a spiritual plane, but instead facilitates the listener to do that on their own. Scattered Purgatory spend a lot of time hunkering down, moving little. This doesn’t mean Sua-Hiam-Zun lacks direction; rather, it’s like a musical proof for centripetal force, where the force is directed inwards and everything comes full circle.




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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2017


6441 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

https://utechrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sua-hiam-zun

ianblxdsoe
October 1st 2017


1399 Comments


phenomenal review as usual man :^)

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2017


6441 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

tyyy

TheSpaceMan
October 1st 2017


9784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this looks really cool



interesting centripetal force analogy w/ that cover art

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2017


6441 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

lol i thought it was p cheesy but i had already hit enter so i was committed

TheSpaceMan
October 1st 2017


9784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

its hella cheesy who cares



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